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Famous Psychopaths

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Four Famous Psychopaths

Jeffrey Dahmer
(May 21, 1960 - Novermber 20, 1994)
During the years of 1978 and 1991 he murdered 20 men. The story of Dahmer's arrest and the gruesome inventory in his apartment quickly gained notoriety: several corpses were stored in acid-filled vats, severed heads were found in his refrigerator, and implements for the construction of an altar of candles and human skulls were found in his closet. Dahmer had practiced necrophilia and cannibalism.
 
His trial began in July 1992. The judge found Dahmer guilty and sane on 15 counts of murder and sentenced him to 15 life terms, totaling 937 years in prison. On November 28, 1994, Dahmer was brutally beaten to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver while on work detail in the prison. Dahmer's death was especially gruesome but he was dead within seconds of the assault. His remains were cremated and given to his parents. His brain was donated to science.

John Wayne Gacy Jr.
(March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994)
He was convicted and later executed for the rape and murder of thirty-three boys and men, 29 of whom he buried in his crawl space, between 1972 and his arrest in 1978. He became notorious as the "Killer Clown" because of the many block parties he attended, entertaining children in a clown suit and makeup.
 
 
 

Ted Bundy
(November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989)
Theodore Robert Bundy was an American serial killer and rapist who murdered numerous young women across the country between 1974 and 1978. His total number of victims is unknown, however it is suspected that he had over 100 victims. After over a decade of vigorous denials, Bundy eventually confessed to over 30 murders. He is often described as an educated, handsome and charming young man despite the brutality of his crimes. Typically, he murdered young women and girls by bludgeoning them, and sometimes by strangulation. He is also believed to have raped many of his victims as well, in addition to mutilating and molesting their bodies after their deaths.
 
At 7:06 AM on January 24, 1989, 42-year-old Ted Bundy was executed in the electric chair by the State of Florida for the murder of Kimberly Leach. His last words were, "I'd like you to give my love to my family and friends." Then, an electric potential of over 2,000 volts was applied across his body for less than two minutes. He was pronounced dead at 7:16 AM.

Edward Theodore Gein
(August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984)
Police investigating the disappearance of store clerk Bernice Worden in Plainfield, Wisconsin, on November 16, 1957, suspected Gein to be involved. Upon entry to the shed on his property, they made their first horrific discovery of the night: Worden's corpse. She had been decapitated, and was hanging upside down by the ankles and split open down the torso like a deer. The mutilations had been performed post mortem; she had been killed with a close-range rifle blast from a .22. Upon searching the house, authorities found severed heads acting as bedposts in the bedroom, skin used to make lampshades and chair seats, skullcaps made into soup bowls, a human heart, a face mask made out of real facial skin, a necklace of human lips, a waistcoat made up of a vagina and breasts, and a belt fashioned from nipples. Above all, Gein's most infamous creation was an entire wardrobe fabricated of human skin that looked leathery and almost mummified.
 
Under questioning, Gein eventually admitted that he would dig up the graves of recently buried middle-aged women he thought resembled his mother and take the bodies home where he tanned their skin to make his macabre possessions. In 1968, his doctors determined he was sane enough to stand trial, he did and was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and spent the rest of his life in the hospital. Gein died of cancer in 1984 at the age of 78 in the Mendota State Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

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